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No place like home

This year is likely to be a good one for Scottish tourism, with the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the Homecoming festival attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world.

But could the tourist industry also receive a boost from Scots who stay at home? VisitScotland thinks so and is predicting many Scots will eschew a foreign trip and visit some of the seaside resorts, caravan sites and B&Bs they remember from their childhood holidays.

The tourism organisation has predicted the trend on the back of figures for the second quarter of last year, which showed nearly 70% of trips made by Scots were domestic rather than foreign. Of course, this has been partly forced on Scots because of the continued pressure on household incomes, but perhaps Scotland's old seaside resorts can reap some benefit.

We all know childhood memories can cheat - and everyone will remember a day spent freezing by the seaside - but Scottish resorts still have a lot to offer. And not only will revisiting one give you a warm blast of nostalgia, it will provide a welcome boost to the Scottish economy too.

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